Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Allegany with over 30 years experience leading retreats. She enjoys being with people on retreat as they open themselves to God’s blessings. After a career in elementary education as a teacher, then administrator, Sister Cathy trained as an alcoholism counselor at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. This led eventually to retreat ministry. For 23 years she served as director of a retreat center. Presently retreat work and spiritual direction are her main ministry as she travels widely to spread the joy found in relationship with the God who wants a relationship with us.

While most of the retreats that Sister Cathy leads are for people who utilize a 12 Step Program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, AlAnon, etc, she also prepares and leads retreats for other groups desiring a time of reflection and renewal. These groups have included parish staffs, school faculties, small faith communities, and bible study groups.

Some recent retreat themes for these groups:

  • Gratitude: An Essential for a Full Life
  • Praying with the Psalms
  • Women in the Gospels, Models of Faith
  • Forgiveness: Giving and Receiving It
  • Prayer and Meditation as Foundation for Life
  • Beginning the Year Together
  • Reflections on the Serenity Prayer
  • Living with Change, Growing with Change
  • Allowing God to Make Us Instruments of God’s Peace

Some of the recent topics for 12 step retreats:

  • Growing Along Spiritual Lines
  • Being Conscious of God’s Contact With Us
  • Gratitude as a Basis for Spiritual Growth
  • Listening to the Language of the Heart
  • A Fresh Look at the St Francis Prayer
  • The Spirituality of the 12 Steps
  • Being Made Channels of God’s Peace
  • A Fresh Look at the Serenity Prayer
  • We Are Adult Children of a Loving God
  • Forgiveness: Receiving It and Giving It